Race against time to find California mudslide survivors


The two previously shared images from the catastrophe, and on Thursday, Ellen - who evacuated and has been unable to check on her house - FaceTimed with Oprah, who is still at her home, which (miraculously) only suffered minor damage while nearby houses were crushed.

The huge wildfire that led to this week's devastating debris flows in Montecito, California, is finally 100 percent contained.

"One of the things that I want to talk about is, you know, we've had these awful fires all over California and one of the hardest hit areas is where I live in Montecito", she continued.

Winfrey wasn't under a mandatory evacuation order because her house is higher up on a hill, but she has been using social media to show just how bad the scenes were in Montecito this week.

"Safety officials just didn't see this happening", said Bastian. "So many times over the past 15 years, people have come up to me and say to me that when they're going through a tough time this show helps them through it", DeGeneres told her audience.

Several news accounts said that a mudslide swept Roy Rohter, who founded St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, and his wife, Theresa, from their home in Montecito early January 9.

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Charles Crail lives in a part of Montecito that was under a voluntary evacuation order, and he was at home when the mudslides happened.

The fire-ravaged zone has once again been struck by disaster, strong rains Tuesday pummeled the area, turning land charred by the Thomas Fire into massive mudflows. A lot of people are missing. "(Montecito) is beyond recognizable".

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has identified two additional missing persons cases, bringing the total to seven missing people following the mudslides in Montecito.

"I heard rumbling and ran for my life", he said.

Neighborhoods were littered with uprooted trees and downed power lines, and front yards in homes filled with mud were strewn with boulders.

"I mean you're losing all your basic health and sanitation services", she said.

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A video uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday by US media mogul Oprah Winfrey showed the impact of deadly mudslides on her property in the upscale California community of Montecito.

She also posted a message saying: "Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern".

Jeff Bridges also revealed that his home was impacted by the mudslide, tweeting Thursday that though their home is "severely damaged", he and his family are safe. "Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated".

The video was taken by local Marco Farrell, 45, who was hunkered down with his parents at their home in Montecito. "Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come".

"I really can't believe it", she captioned the picture. More than a dozen are still missing.

Sharing the same photo as her sister, Gigi Hadid asked her Twitter followers to "Please keep the families of Santa Barbara in your thoughts and prayers".

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted a request on Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown for expanded financial aid that was first allocated for the Thomas Fire, the governor's office said in a statement.